6 things you’ve been getting wrong in your everyday beauty routine
Check this before you do irreparable damage
We are humans and humans err. A while ago, it was revealed that we’ve been pronouncing the brand name ‘Zara’ wrong this whole time. Unsurprisingly, we also discovered that some of our fellow humans don’t really know how to cut an avocado without ending up in the emergency room.
We’re also guilty of making some major beauty mistakes without realizing. While we’ve stressed over and over (and over) again the horrors of skipping sunscreen in your daily routine, your current method of applying sunscreen might be completely wrong. Same goes with the way you shampoo your hair, condition it and wear perfume.
We decided to wade through all the common mistakes you might be making in your everyday beauty routine and how you can correct them before it’s too late.
6 things you’ve been getting wrong this whole time: beauty edition
You’ve been wearing sheet masks wrong this whole time
The solution to on-the-go radiance and a 2-minute Halloween hack to looking like Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre, sheet masks are gifts that keep on giving.
While the part of their appeal is that they’re easy to use, there are some common mistakes that can be harmful for your skin, cautions dermatologist Dr Madhu Aggarwal. “It usually takes a sheet mask about 15-20 minutes to do its work. If you leave it beyond that, the sheet will dry and start sucking the moisture out of your skin.” You should, also, never wipe off the excess serum left behind on your skin after removing the mask.
You’ve been shampooing your hair wrong this whole time
You might have heard of the ‘No Poo’ movement, which is not exactly what it sounds. It’s based on the belief that shampooing your hair frequently is actually harming your hair. Here’s how you can give the ‘no poo’ movement a try if you want. But in case the thought of greasy hair (even for a short while) brings out the shudders, then experts advise on shampooing your hair twice a week.
Even then, you’re doing your hair irreparable damage if you wash it right before you go to sleep. Sally-Ann Travers, consultant trichologist at The Cotswold Trichology Centre & Theradome, says that, “The main issue with going to bed with wet hair is that the cuticle (outer layer) of the hair is more raised when wet — which is why some women find their hair is impossibly knotty when wet but not so when dry. Sleeping with wet hair could cause it to tangle more, particularly if you move a lot in your sleep and come morning, it could be difficult to comb through.” Not only is your hair going to be weaker, you’re also inviting fungus to grow in your hair.
You can avoid the damage and the scary fungus by drying your hair before you go to sleep. Travers suggests tying your hair in a loose braid after drying to prevent tangling and to get mermaid-y waves in the morning. Win, win.
You’ve been conditioning your hair wrong this whole time
If you’re of the habit of applying conditioner to your whole head, then we’ve got some news for you. Applying conditioner on your scalp leads to grease and unnecessary oil production. Minaxi Arora, senior hairstylist at Lakme Absolut Salon, wants you to avoid getting conditioner onto your scalp, concentrate instead on the ends. Instead use your fingers to evenly distribute the conditioner through the hair, making sure you gently massage the product into the hair shaft as you work your way from top to bottom.
You’ve been applying sunscreen wrong this whole time
Even if you’re applying the expert-recommended shot-glass worth of sunscreen all over yourself every morning before stepping out, your skin might still be exposed to harmful rays. Researchers at the University of Liverpool discovered that we usually miss nearly 10% of our face when we apply sunscreen, especially the are around the eyes. This area is particularly susceptible to skin cancer. This is not surprising as most sunscreen brands warn users not to use sunscreen around the eyes as it might cause irritation. Fortunately, all you need to do to avoid further damage is to cover the sensitive area, for instance by wearing sunglasses.
Dermatologist Dr Kiran Lohia also thinks that applying sunscreen just once a day is not enough. According to her, sweat and normal wear means you will have to reapply sunscreen every 3 hours, especially if you’re spending your day outdoors.
You’ve been wearing perfume wrong this whole time
If your perfume has no staying power then the blame is on you, not the innocent bottle occupying space on your dresser. It’s fairly common to rub your wrists together or massage the point where you’ve just sprayed. But this bruises the structure of the oils and changes the nature of your perfume.
What you need to do instead is to spray and let it dry naturally or take a few drops on your finger and dab.
You’ve been moisturizing wrong this whole time
We know how all the bright ideas that will possibly change your life come to you while you chill between stepping out of the shower and getting dressed. But the more time you spend planning your hypothetical vacation based on your favourite blogger’s Instagram feed, the more essential moisture your skin loses. You should moisturize your skin immediately after getting out of your shower, especially your skin is till damp, says Manhattan based dermat Dr Sejal Shah.
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